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10 Nigerian Albums That Have Received Grammy Award Nominations

10. ‘Love Damini’ By Burna Boy

Burna Boy received three album nominations at the prestigious honours following the release of the candidates for the 65th Grammy Awards. His 2022 project, “Love Damini,” received a nomination in the Best World Albums category, garnering praise for its innovation and originality. The project’s main single, “Last Last,” became an instant hit and broke multiple records. It earned him a nomination for Best World Song Performance at the 2023 Grammy Awards, his second.


The 19-track Afro-fusion album, which was released on July 8, 2022, the day after the singer’s birthday, featured some of the biggest names in the music business worldwide, including ED Sheeran, Popcaan, J Hus, and others.

9. Africa for Africa By Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti’s 2010 release of the classic Afrobeat album “Africa for Africa,” which is full of originality and variety in sound, received a Grammy nomination in 2012 for Best Global Music Album. Femi Kuti received a second nomination in this category with this one.

8. ‘African Giant’ By Burna Boy

The African Giant, a Burna Boy effort that was released in 2019, earned the gifted singer his first Grammy Award nomination. The “African Giant” album shed more light on the variety of afrobeats sounds during the lockdown period because it was rich in sound diversity and also boasted an impressive list of features.

7. ‘No Place For My Dream’ By Femi Kuti

The music academy nominated Femi Kuti’s instrumental-heavy afrobeat effort, which was published on June 25, 2013, for a third grammy award in the Best Global Music Album category for the coveted prize in 2014.

6. ‘Black Times’ by Seun Kuti And Egypt 80

Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 band’s song “Black Times” was nominated for a Grammy Award in the World Music Category in 2018. Strut Records produced the artist’s 2018 CD album, “Dark Times,” which was issued by the artist. The imaginative artist became the second son of the legendary Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti to receive a Grammy nomination.

5. ‘Odu’ by King Sunny Ade

One of Nigeria’s most well-known Juju musicians is King Sunny Ade. For two different albums, he has received two Grammy Award nominations. He received nominations for Best World Music Album in 1999 and Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording in 1984 for the album “Syncro System.” Even though he hasn’t been first in any of the categories, his significance as one of the first musicians to be recognised makes this accomplishment stand out.

The studio album “Odu” was released by Atlantic Records in 1998. The 11-track album was created by Andrew Frankel.

4. ‘Love Drum Talk’ by Babatunde Olatunji

Babatunde’s album “Love Drum Talk,” which was published on September 23, 1997, by Chesky Records, earned him a Grammy nomination. Babatunde Olatunji’s final commercial release, the 9-track classic album, was nominated for the 1998 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album by the Recording Academy. However, Babatunde has only ever taken home a Grammy for Best World Music Album with Mickey Hart’s album “Planet Drums.”

3. ‘Twice As Tall’ by Burna Boy

With his record, Burna Boy has received two Grammy Award nominations. The albums “African Giant” and “Twice as Tall” each received a nomination for the prestigious award from the Recording Academy.

With the release of the album “Twice as Tall” in 2021, the gifted artist won an award for Best World Music Album. Burna Boy’s fifth studio album, “Twice as Tall,” will be out on August 14 through Spaceship Entertainment, Bad Habit, Atlantic Records, and Warner Music.

The 14-track album featured significant collaborations with artists including Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Youssou N’Dour, Anthony Criss, Michael Omari, and several more top musicians.

2. ‘Made In Lagos’ by Wizkid

With the release of the album “Made In Lagos,” Starboy Wizkid has received two Grammy nominations for the ceremony taking place on April 4, 2022. For his hit song “Essence” on the “Made In Lagos” album, Starboy was nominated for Best Global Music Album and Best Global Music Performance.

The 14-track album, which was released on October 30, 2020, by Starboy Entertainment and RCA Records, is Wizkid’s fourth studio album. Major artists from the music business, including Burna Boy, Skepta, H.E.R., Ella Mai, Tay Iwar, Projexx, Tems, Damian Marley, and Terri, are featured on the album.

For his global collaboration with Beyonce on “Brown Skin Girl,” Wizkid won a Grammy in the category of Best Video.

  1. ‘Legacy +’ by Femi Kuti And Made Kuti

Afrobeat royalty must be mentioned for the list to be considered comprehensive. With six nominations for the coveted Grammy Award from the Recording Academy, Femi Kuti has one of the greatest numbers of nominations for an African. Although he hasn’t yet received any awards, the Academy values his work as evidenced by the frequent nominations. His nominated albums include: “Legacy + (2021)” Fight To Win (2003), Day By Day (2010), Africa for Africa (2012), No Place For My Dream (2014), and others.

Femi Kuti’s Stop the Hate and Made Kuti’s For(e)ward is included in his most recent nomination, the “Legacy+” double album with his son Made Kuti.

Sodi Marciszewer, a former collaborator of Fela Kuti, produced “Legacy +,” which was distributed by Partisan Records.